Thursday, March 6, 2014

Slipping

Deuteronomy 4:9

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.

Big command from Moses. Do not forget what God has done for you. We know what he is saying, but guess what, we are human and as humans tend to forget. I like the word Moses uses here, he says to not “let then slip”. The thing about slipping is that it’s so unexpected. This past winter has been pretty crazy. Though the snow is nice, what I don’t like all that on is that the ice on the road and on the walk ways. It makes walking pretty dangerous Most of the time you can’t see it, you walk and the next thing you know is that you are on your butt. You have to be careful you have to be always aware that you can slip anytime and that it could be dangerous. When I read this verse here from Moses, I think of that. Slipping. Something that can be easily done.

Going back to the our ice on the walkways, the only way I was able to overcome this is to prepare and do the right thing. I got some shoes that had good grip, I always looked out for the non ice spots, and I treaded carefully. I can’ say but this is what I believe Moses is trying to convey to the Israelites and to us. Be careful, tread lightly. Be prepared. Now how can I do this in my walk with Jesus. The first step for me is to make sure I am fully aware that slipping is very possible, very likely if I am not paying attention to it. So to pay attention to my walk with God. Cultivate it, spend time with God. Like any other relationship. There are other things that I am sure that needs to be done, but let me start there.

Lord I love you, I don’t want to slip. As I draw closer to you, please draw closer to me.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

True Heart (Ash Wednesday 2014)

Mark 12:33-34

“‘...To love Him (God) with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.’ When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, ‘You are not far from the kingdom of God.’”

To set up this situation, the teacher of the law asked Jesus what the greatest commandment was. Jesus replied to paraphrase, “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” But what this teacher of the law did was that he got it and went further. He concluded in his mind that to loving the Lord is above sacrifices and burnt offerings. What he concluded that loving God is above the things you do for God. Yes there is action, but your action must not be above loving your God and neighbor. He was able to distinguish that because of your love for God your actions will follow. Not your actions first then your love for God.

Now, I’m guilty of this as anyone. Loving God can be difficult. Sometimes it’s easier to just go to church, volunteer, give money, and do the church thing. But this Ash Wednesday, I want to do what this teacher has grasped. That loving God is above all the most important thing. That is what is needed. When you start to love God there ministry comes alive and where God really starts to work. When we realize that God is first then everything else is second that’s when amazing things happen. Loving God is the start of everything.

Lord thanks for the word. May my heart love You above all things.